Feeding without hay or pasture

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  1. tenneh

    tenneh Registered

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    Does anyone have any opinions on feeding a horse without hay or pasture? Which is better: a complete pelleted feed or alfalfa cubes? Our area is totally out of hay and we need to make it another 2 months until the hay is harvested!! Thanks for any ideas.
     
  2. NaeNae

    NaeNae Senior Member

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    Cubes. Alfalfa, timothy, either or or both. I couldn't imagine a horse on an entire diet of a grain. They NEED forage.
     
  3. RusticR

    RusticR Senior Member+

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    Definitely go with cubes! It will still provide the long stemmed forage that they need.

    Though horses can exist on just feed. The last year of my old mares life she just had free choice access to senior feed. She didn’t have any teeth left and would not eat soaked cubes or pellets. At all.
     
  4. bellalou

    bellalou Senior Member

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    I would certainly go with the cubes over pellets.
     
  5. palogal

    palogal Senior Member

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    Cubes. Complete feed is mare for horses that can't chew forage. If they are able to chew forage, give them cubes.
     
  6. Mcdreamer

    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    Cuuuubbbbesssss
     
  7. reicheru

    reicheru Senior Member

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    Cubes/shreds over solely a complete feed... but I use the alfalfa cubes/shreds with a senior feed and soaked beet pulp if they can't have hay for whatever reason
     
  8. DocsLglyBlonde

    DocsLglyBlonde Senior Member

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    Cubes but you can always supplement with a concentrate that can be used as a forage replacer if the horse needs additional calories. My senior guy lives on cubes and triple crown senior due to tooth issues, but he looks fantastic after a few years on this diet. You need to still be feeding 1(likely more like 1.5)-2% of the horses body weight per day.
     

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